Do This: What I Love About You

by GfG on February 10, 2012 · 2 comments

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I wanted to remind you (or share with you, if you’re new) about an easy, but incredibly meaningful Valentine’s Day activity you can do with your family.  It’s free, but priceless.

Go around the table and tell each person why you love them.  Everyone gets a turn.  Everyone gets blessed.

You should give your children notice that this will happen, so they have time to think about it (if the child is under three years old, forget about it, just roll with it).  While most children can say, “I love you”, they haven’t had to think through and share WHY they love you (and their dad and their siblings).  I think it’s an important activity.  Yes, even for, maybe especially for  boys and teens to do.   I promise you the words will leave your heart impressed with joy and gratefulness.

We have done this for going on eleven years and it’s the highlight of our heart shaped meal and dessert with treats dinner (aka: our I Love You Party).

Edited to add (1/11/13) I want to say that from here on out we won’t be saying why we love each other because that should be unconditional in a family.  Ex: I love you because your my sister.  BUT we will still be sharing these thoughts.  We just will say, “What I love about you is….”

Why not celebrate the love in your family by sharing the love verbally?

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The Reader February 10, 2012 at 9:44 am

Oh, I’m glad you posted this now so we remember to do it! I’ve not done it before, but what a neat idea and I will definitely do this for my family this year. Such a sweet low-key, yet really meaningful way to celebrate this holiday. Reminds me, I need to dig out the valentine’s decorations….

and you are so right — even or especially boys will benefit from this! Would love prayers, too, that a certain 6 yr old little boy really let this sink in, heart & soul, as he hears it from everyone and is asked to share his why’s with the rest of us. If you are so inclined as to pray…..

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GfG February 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

Would love to pray for sweet boy. Truly.

Please let me know how it goes.

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